DECORATOR INDEX OL IVER GUSTAV
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Who is he? Oliver Gustav is an interior architect, a gallerist and product designer. In 2007, he began doing fashion show set design for the likes of Louis Vuitton; four years later, he launched his interior design studio (right) in an old stable building near the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. In 2016, he opened a second studio at the gallery space in the new 11Howard hotel in New York. He sells a curated edit of bespoke pieces by designers and artists from Faye Toogood to Vincenzo De Cotiis. ‘Being both a gallery and interior practice comes naturally tome; it’s away of combiningwhat I love,’ he explains. ‘I represent a handful of interesting artists that speak tomy DNA – some are very famous and others are rookies in whom I have spotted a special talent.’ What’s his style? For interiors, Gustav contrastsmodern pieces with rare finds and curiosities, and a palette based on grey tones and monochrome surfaces ( he adds in sepia shades for a softer touch). ‘Youwill noticemonochrome spaces inmy projects. I always try to unify the colours of the walls and ceilings tomake a peaceful environment. I love the industrial – be it old or new, distressed or simple.’ He’s also someone for who texture is essential. ‘I balance soft and edgy to create anaesthetic full of beautiful contrasts.’ What are his recent projects? Gustav, who usually takes on three large projects a year, has almost exclusivelyworked on residential projects ( below, right). ‘I mostly work with private clients because I want to help them realise their dreams. I listen, interpret and get inspiration, but I always stay true tomyself: if a project doesn’t look like a match, I will step away. I don’t like to compromise.’ Recently, he has started to branch out into the commercialworld – designing Zeleste restaurant in a listed, 17th-century building incopenhagen (far left).
What is he currently working on?
A beach house on the coast near Copenhagen. ‘It’s an 18th-century house that is in a very sad condition. We are using paint on the walls that has an amazing, cloudy-like texture. The house has very blue, Nordic light, but itwill be softened through objects.’ He says ‘ When you’re working on projects, you need to think about the light. For example, in London it’s very different from Los Angeles, and the type of light has an impact on the design.’ olivergustav.com
‘Iwant to help private clients realise their dreams. I listen, interpret and get inspiration, but always stay true tomyself’